La Calandria (Pura Garnacha) was established by three childhood friends, two of them oenologists, with the aim of recovering very old Grenache vineyards in their native Navarra. Working from rented premises at a winery in Murchante, they own some small plots of bush vines located in this village, and in neighbouring Cintruénigo, Corella and Castejón, as well as in the nearby region of Aragón, where their top red Tierga (€30) comes from.
Fruit is a key factor in all the wines. Bottle presentation is painstakingly elaborated, often with an adventurous and humorous approach. Production is small though: only 44,000 bottles were made in 2012. The DO Navarra range includes a young red called La Volandera (€8, a carbonic maceration Grenache crowned with an original cap similar to those traditionally used for carbonated beverages); the rosé Sonrojo (€7, which means “blush”); and Cientruenos (€10), a red wine briefly aged in oak. All of them offer excellent value for money.
Javier Continente is the partner who runs the day-to-day business. He travels the world with his amazing robots and mechanical toys show -his other passion- and uses those trips to introduce the wines in new markets.